Epicurus Trolls God’s Ability and Willingness to Deal With Evil; God Enters His Creation to Answer the Charge

My piece on Epicurus’s famous riddle last week garnered a number of comments. One of those was from one of my regular commenters, GV, who asked the question, “Is there any other religion that gives a solution to his riddle?” I got the impression the question was probably rhetorical, yet it’s a good question and deserving of some thought. The basic gist of what I wrote in that piece is this. Undergirding Epicurus’s riddle are two major presuppositions, both of […]

“Bigot. Extremist. Homophobe. Fascist. Nazi. Dinosaur.” The Grand Inquisition of Tolerant Intoleristas Throws its Dazzling Lexicon at Jacob Rees-Mogg

I must say that seeing the treatment meted out to Jacob Rees-Mogg on Good Morning Britain, and the subsequent reaction of the Grand Inquisition of Tolerant Intoleristas was actually quite a liberating experience. I came away from it the following thought: “You know. I really don’t care one teensy weensy little jot what these people say or think.” But why? Why oh why do I find myself not caring very much that someone somewhere might be offended at my failure […]

Rebekah Brings Blind, Backslidden Isaac to Repentance

I had some good comments on my piece about Esau the other day, and once again I thought it would be helpful to post one of my responses which was fairly lengthy, but which is worth an airing here as it will probably prove to be quite surprising, and more than a little thought-provoking to anyone interested in such things.   So here’s a summary of the questions, which were once again posted by Phil:   When Esau sold his […]

The Modern’s Creed

We believe in one God, Ourselves, the Almighty, makers of heaven on earth, of all that is now and future. We believe in one correct ideology, Tolerance’n’Diversity, the only acceptable thought system, begotten by us after all ages (of patriarchal oppression); Good from the Intrinsically Good, Light after eons of Darkness, true Tolerance from the truly Tolerant, of one being with Ourselves. Through it all things have been remade. For us and our own self-justification, it came down to cast […]

Mistaking Baby Food for Meat: How Christians Are Taught to Stay in Perpetual Infancy

Imagine trying to give a baby solid food before it is ready. Not a happy idea, and I don’t recommend trying it. Now imagine giving a grown adult baby food. Kind of a weird thought that one, and again not one that I can heartily recommend. Now imagine one more scenario, but this time after moving their child onto solid food, after a while the parents decide to take him off it, and go back to feeding him breast milk […]

Ashers Bakery, Wine That Doesn’t Turn Into Blood, Bodies That do Rise From the Dead and More — A Response to a Commentator

My recent article on the Ashers Bakery case generated a few comments from a gentleman named Oliver Green. I promised Oliver that when I found the time I would respond as best I could to what he wrote. However, rather than just posting underneath his comments, I thought it best to post on the main page. So below are Oliver’s comments in normal font, and my comments interleaved in bold italics. This is a fairly long piece, but I hope […]

What is Wisdom?

My latest piece for Samaritan Ministries International What is wisdom? Here are a couple of definitions, taken at random from the internet: The ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgments The ability to discern the true nature of a situation, especially by intuition There is no doubt a lot to be said for these definitions. We certainly need knowledge and experience to be able to exercise wisdom, and the outcome of exercising wisdom will […]

Creating Islands of Stability in an Unstable World

This is my latest piece for Samaritan Ministries International A year ago, I entered my 40s, by which you will rightly deduce that I was born in the 1970s. When I think back to the world at the time of my childhood, and then compare it to the world of 2016, there are a huge number of differences, far too numerous to mention. Yet if I had to pick one thing among all others that stands out as the defining […]

Recovering Objective Truth Part 2 – The World That God Made

In the first part of this piece, I tried to get to the root of the major cultural and societal changes that have come upon us over the last century or so, and I made the case that what we are seeing is Hegelian Dialecticism in action. This idea, from the 19th Century German philosopher Georg Hegel, proposes a marketplace of ideas (thesis and antithesis) which tend to compete with one another to produce a new idea (synthesis). Now this […]

One More Thing and I’m Leaving the Church of Zengland

My latest little gripe against the Church of England for Conservative Woman Forgive me, but I need to begin with a joke (adapted from one I once heard told about Episcopalians): Two elderly Anglican gentlemen are sitting in their pew in their local church waiting for a service to begin. Both are true believers, but have become distraught at the way the CofE has been going in recent years. Suddenly the lights dim, and a laser show accompanied by hardcore […]